January 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JOSHUA BELL, HOLSTíS THE PLANETS, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THE TENORS, AND MUSIC FROM THE COTTON CLUB ROUND OUT FEBRUARY OREGON SYMPHONY CONCERTS


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Superstar – or maybe rock star is the more appropriate term – violinist Joshua Bell returns to Portland with one of the works that launched his recording career, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, as Oregon Symphony launches its February concerts with music from other worlds, starting with Gustav Holst’s ever-popular The Planets. Trekkers can continue their outer-space explorations with a live performance of the score and a screening of the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, while jazz aficionados can spend an evening at the legendary Cotton Club with music of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and more. Finally, the Canadian singing sensation The Tenors returns to Portland with music from their latest album, Under One Sky.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 6
SUNDAY, FEB. 7
MONDAY, FEB. 8
THE PLANETS

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 7 at 2 pm and Feb. 8 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; * Natasha Paremski, piano; • women from Portland State University Choirs

The Program:

Stravinsky: Fireworks, Op. 4
* Schoenfield: Four Parables for Piano and Orchestra
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Natasha Paremski: natashaparemski.com
On PSU Choirs: psuchamberchoir.com

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

FRIDAY, FEB. 12
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

When and Where: Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductor Erik Ochsner; *Pacific Youth Choir

The Program: J. J. Abrams’ sequel to his 2009 film Star Trek takes on new dimensions with the Oregon Symphony and Pacific Youth Choir performing Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live, while the film plays overhead on a giant screen.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Star Trek Into Darkness: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_Into_Darkness
On Erik Ochsner: erikochsner.com
On Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: begin at $20 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 14
THE TENORS

When and Where: Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; The Tenors (Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef)
           
The Program: The Canadian vocal quartet will perform selections from their recently released album, Under One Sky, which features innovative interpretations of popular songs such as “Bésame Mucho,” “Who Wants to Live Forever?” and “You Are So Beautiful,” along with original songs written by The Tenors.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Tenors: tenorsmusic.com

Tickets: begin at $45 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 20
SUNDAY, FEB. 21
MONDAY, FEB. 22
JOSHUA BELL

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 22 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductor Robert Spano; *Joshua Bell, violin
           
The Program:

Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Parsifal
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6, Op. 104
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Robert Spano: robertspanomusic.com
On Joshua Bell: joshuabell.com/home

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 27
SUNDAY, FEB. 28
RETURN TO THE COTTON CLUB

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Feb. 27 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 28 at 3pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocals; *Miche Braden, vocals; *Ted Louis Levy, tap dancer.

The Program: A night of great music, song and dance from Harlem’s legendary jazz club. Tap dancer Ted Louis Levy and singer Miche Braden join Tyzik and trumpeter Byron Stripling for an evening of the hottest tunes by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and more.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com
On Byron Stripling: jazzartsgroup.org/columbus-jazz-orchestra/meet-the-orchestra/byron-stripling/
On Miche Braden: michebraden.com/bio.htm

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance. 



Beyond the Schnitz
Oregon Symphony Community Engagement Programs

The Oregon Symphony and its musicians are deeply involved in the community in places that stretch far beyond the confines of our concert hall. Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of December.

Woodwind Ensemble Performance
On February 16, the Woodwind Quintet will present a special “informance” at Bridlemile School designed to enhance student interest in learning to play musical instruments. This is the third visit from a section in as many years, due to that school’s strong support of the band program.

Joshua Bell Joins the Symphony’s Music Education Programs
During Joshua Bell’s time in Portland for his February 20-22 concerts, he will visit the young string players in the Bravo Youth Orchestra at Rosa Parks School in north Portland. In addition, string students from David Douglas School District’s orchestra will attend his dress rehearsal with a Q & A session immediately afterward.

Woodwind Kinderkonzerts – Zany Zoo Train
February 22-24, the Woodwinds Kinderkonzert Ensemble will put on nine performances for 3,000 K-2 graders at three host schools in the area. These interactive chamber concerts are geared toward an introduction to each of the sections of the orchestra. Pam Mahon narrates this third performance in the series of four, entitled “Zany Zoo Tunes.” Details for time, dates, and locations can be found at: http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/kinder.aspx

Symphony Storytimes at Midland Library in SE Portland
Every Tuesday in February from 11:15 am-12:15 pm an Oregon Symphony musician will play along with a Midland branch youth librarian in the very popular Symphony Storytimes. This program introduces pre-schoolers to the sounds of each instrument family. The first half-hour includes several fun picture books read by the librarian, accompanied by a musician; the second half-hour is a chance for families to learn more about life as a professional musician in the Oregon Symphony and to try out an instrument.

Music NOW begins!
The Oregon Symphony teams up with some of the most experienced practitioners and educators in the fields of dementia and music therapy in this new, innovative program.

During the month of February, trained Symphony musicians will join Marylhurst University music therapy interns to present two consecutive sessions per week at Mary’s Woods Assisted Living and Memory Care units. A second series will be offered in April 2016. Although these sessions are limited to the residents and caregivers at Mary’s Woods, the Symphony plans to offer this program to the general public next season in an alternate venue.



Photos for media uses can be accessed at: www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx

Season subscriptions, including the popular Flex Passes and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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